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The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy

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The ancient art of illuminating manuscripts is currently attracting many new enthusiasts among artists, art students, and lovers of calligraphy. The Bible of Illuminated Letters is a volume they'll all want to add to their collections. It presents step-by-step instructions for recreating twelve illuminated alphabets. Among them are Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque, Modern ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Barron's Educational Series (first published January 27th 2006)
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Bought this at used book store sale--great eye candy, and it does inspire me to do some painting! also after reading descriptions of the various styles, I was chuffed to find I could correctly identify what is what. well, i could for at least a while.
The part about how to do all the gilding and painting though is a bit different than what Debbie Thompson Wilson taught us in the class--maybe this is more advanced. Anyway, it's a keeper, this book--looks like it will serve well as a technique manu
I've only browsed through the book, but from what I've seen it's a very comprehensive book, providing information on 6 calligraphy alphabets, namely Celtic, Ottonian, Romansque, Gothic, Renaissance: White Vine and Renaissance: Neo-Classical.

A major plus: Provides alterations/different ways you can write the alphabet.
This is probably THE cornerstone work for illumination and calligraphy. Not only are step-by-step processes outlined, but there are also amazing historical examples to work from. This is the book to get if you are interested in learning illumination.
If you're looking to get into illumination or gilding (or even calligraphy!), this is the book to read. EXCELLENT technique explanations.
Fabulous Reference material, details on recreating illuminated manuscript, and historical referencs
Gretchen Richards
A must have for anyone looking to study illumination!
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